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Mixed Reactions As West Pokot MCA proudly shares his D+ results in the 2023 KCSE

Mixed Reactions As West Pokot MCA proudly shares his D+ results in the 2023 KCSE

In an unexpected revelation, Elijah Kaseuseu, a serving Member of the County Assembly (MCA) in West Pokot, proudly shared his just-concluded Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results on his official Facebook account.

Surprisingly, the nominated MCA celebrated his D+ grade, expressing pride in his achievement and determination to pursue higher education.

“I am very proud of myself. This journey I will walk slowly until I own a degree. No matter what! Congratulations to me,” Mr Kaseuseu declared in the social media post, generating varied reactions from netizens.

A member of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, Mr Kaseuseu was initially nominated to the West Pokot Assembly under the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party.

This announcement raises questions about the educational qualifications required for elected officials and the significance of academic performance in public service.

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However, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), individuals seeking to hold the position of a county ward assembly member must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a Kenyan citizen for at least 10 years before the election.
  2. Must be a registered voter.
  3. Must not owe allegiance to a foreign state.
  4. Should be nominated by a political party or be an independent candidate.
  5. Must meet the statutory moral and ethical requirements under the Leadership and Integrity Act.
  6. Must have been Kenyan citizens for at least 10 years.
  7. Must not hold dual citizenship unless citizenship of the other country has been obtained by operation of law without the capacity to opt out.
  8. Must not be an undischarged bankrupt.
  9. Must not be subject to a sentence of imprisonment of at least six months from the date of registration of candidates or the date of elections.
  10. Must not have been found to have abused or misused state or public office or contravened Chapter Six of the Constitution.
  11. Must not have been dismissed or removed from public office for contravening the provisions of Articles 75, 76, 77, and 78 of the Constitution.

While Mr. Kaseuseu’s academic standing may not directly impact his eligibility as outlined by the IEBC, it has ignited discussions on the broader topic of educational qualifications and their significance in political representation.

West Pokot MCA Elijah Kaseuseu sitting for the 2023 KCSE

Announcing the KCSE results on Monday, January 8, 2023, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu said that a total of 1,216 candidates managed to score straight As. Out of this number, 825 are male while 391 are female.

According to CS Machogu, 201,133 candidates got a minimum university entry of C plus and above.

“This is 22.27 percent of students attained direct entry into the university,” he said.

In the A- category, a total of 2,782 are females as compared to 4,472 males.

A total of 18,078 attained a mean grade of B+ with 10,370 males and 7,708 females.

For B plain, there are 36,728 candidates, while a total of 59,514 scored B- and 78,343 scored C+.

A total of 19,960 females scored grade E while 28,214 were males.

Mixed Reactions As West Pokot MCA proudly shares his D+ results in the 2023 KCSE

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